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Willie Mullins (right) trains Boston Bob, the favourite for the Albert Bartlett Hurdle today

Sea Of Thunder can drown out big noise Boston Bob

Willie Mullins has described Boston Bob as a match for any novice he has ever brought to the Festival, which guarantees he will start a hot favourite for the Albert Bartlett Hurdle today. It would be no surprise to see him look a Gold Cup winner in the making, but the odds will be very short about a horse running on quick ground for the first time.

Ruby Walsh riding Big Buck's earlier this year

Big Buck's has World at his feet for another year

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Julianne Moore plays Sarah Palin in the new US drama ‘Game Change’

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David Usborne: Republicans can choose between scary, nuts, or Romney

What's changed is that he is doing even worse among Republican grassroots voters than four years ago

Santorum (left) and Romney ended in what was essentially a dead heat

Rupert Cornwell: What counts now is cash – and Romney is winning

To paraphrase Winston Churchill's words about the battle of El Alamein and its place in the Second World War, this month of January does not signify the end of the race for the Republican presidential nomination, nor even necessarily the beginning of the end. But it is very much the end of the beginning.

Rupert Cornwell: As the first battle ends, which of these Republicans can win over the nation?

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The Obama campaign has not officially begun, but the re-election headquarters in Chicago is buzzing, with 200 workers on board

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As the Republican primaries get under way, David Usborne is granted exclusive access to the crack team in the President's home town who hope to neutralise the enemy and return their man to the White House

Republican hopeful Newt Gingrich and his wife Callista met voters yesterday in a restaurant in Council Bluffs, Iowa, to prepare the ground for Tuesday's caucus

Romney: a man whose Buggins' turn has come

Perry, Paul, Cain, Santorum, Bachmann or Gingrich? None of the above, it seems

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James Lawton: Kean's show of solidarity with Wenger only encourages admirers to remain in denial

Is anyone saying that Wenger did not have the means to make a better job of preparing for this now crumbling season? Kean suggests as much

David Usborne: The hobbits have had a gun to Boehner's head from the start

The Tea Party and the 80-odd freshman Republicans it helped send to Congress last November had a good reason to celebrate last night with something with bubbles in it rather than milk and sugar. Yet such is their zeal for constraining government it was barely able to savour victory even when handed it by "cave-in" Barack Obama.

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